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RVA BizLaw episode 13 is now available. This episode dives into the importance of business ethics for small business owners. Anyone else agree that ethics is a timely topic for discussion?

Catch episode 14 next week where we will share 3 steps to navigating ethical dilemmas in the workplace!

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Perkins Law, PLLC is pleased to announce that Deep Run High School’s Nina Sorkin and Goochland High School’s Chase Bernstine are this year’s winners of the second annual RTA Tennis Community Scholarship. Both Sorkin and Bernstine will receive a one-time $1,000 scholarship toward tuition, fees, and expenses. All scholarship applicants were required to submit not only a written application describing their activities and accomplishments in tennis, academics, and community service, but also submit a short video expressing what tennis has meant to them. Congrats!
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Question to Virginia Small Business Owners--Are You Observing Proper Business Entity Formalities?

Correctly setting up a Virginia limited liability company or corporation is a great first step for your small business, but the responsibility does not stop there. Proper business entity maintenance, compliance and governance must be faithfully observed to enjoy limited liability protection and other legal benefits of conducting business through a separate legal entity. Easier said than done when you are a business owner responsible for juggling dozens of responsibility at any given moment. Visit rvabizlaw.com for a sample list of compliance tips and suggestions for Virginia entrepreneurs and small business owners and reach out if we can help you with your business.
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Coming This Summer – HERE’S THE RULE Series Featuring Tennis Rules and Sportsmanship Tips

Got a question about tennis rules? Come across a strange situation during a match and weren’t sure of the rule? New to tennis and don’t have a clue about tennis rules or etiquette? No more worries. Tennis rules guru Eric Perkins will be answering questions from the RVA tennis community all summer long as part of the new “Here’s the Rule” feature presented by Perkins Law, PLLC. Questions and answers will be posted weekly on YouTube through the end of August. Submit YOUR tennis rules question to herestherule@gmail.com
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Visit rvabizlaw.com for a list of questions designed to serve as an informal self-assessment of your commitment to social media networking and building an effective presence online. The more “YES” answers, the better. There is no question that building your brand online requires commitment and time, but it can be done at reasonable expense (and with minimal technical expertise), and the potential benefits from a marketing and business development perspective are enormous.
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Perkins Law Signs on as Sponsor of College Week Tennis Camp

Richmond small business law firm Perkins Law, PLLC is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the 2017 College Week Tennis Camp program hosted by Willow Oaks Country Club. The camp, entering its 12th year, brings together some of the nation’s top college tennis coaches for a week of training with the area’s top juniors. Organized by local teaching pro Cris Robinson, the camp features two week-long sessions in June and August, providing a great training and learning opportunity for our top players during the heart of the summer tournament season.

“It is exciting to support such a great program that is one of the crown jewels of the RVA tennis community,” says Eric Perkins, small business and nonprofit attorney with Perkins Law (and avid tennis player), “just one of many reasons why Richmond was recognized by the USTA in 2010 as one of America’s Best Tennis Towns!”
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Going into business with one or more other people offers many potential benefits and risks. You hope for success, but need to plan for the worst. A carefully drafted agreement among a group of business partners is important to memorialize owner expectations and understandings concerning a variety of important topics. Visit rvabizlaw.com for a short list of discussion issues for any partnership group starting a new limited liability company together. Any important business transaction or relationship is worth memorializing in writing. When (not if) the unexpected happens down the road, you will likely be very glad you and your partners put the key terms of your relationship in writing.
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Receiving an IRS determination letter recognizing tax-exempt status is an exciting moment in the existence of a young nonprofit organization, but there are many other legal, compliance, and governance issues to consider in the months and years to come. Read a few tips by visiting rvabizlaw.com and contact Perkins Law with questions. Ask us about our flat fee service package exclusively for Virginia nonprofits.
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Like a good movie, employment relationships have a beginning, middle, and end. As a small business owner, neglecting any of them can lead to big trouble for your business. The termination process can be particularly stressful for employers, so it is helpful to approach that reality of small business ownership with care and proper planning. Visit rvabizlaw.com for an article highlighting a few tips for navigating the employee termination process. Ideally, you want employment relationships to end as professionally as they began….the survival and success of your business might depend on it.
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